7/20/14: Ebook Deals, Giveaways, & Virtual Book Tours Happening This Week

This is the virtual book tours and featured books that are happening here at Fire & Ice this week! Here you will find special discounts, items to win, and some great new authors and books to try out. Make sure to follow our blog to get a notification each week of new book tours and featured posts.

Readers, the discount on the ebooks won’t last for long. These are promotional, so make sure to get your Amazon Kindle copy now! The authors on tour are offering some really great giveaways, enter for your chance to win. Some of the prizes include book swag, Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift cards, free books, and more.

 

Simply click on the tour banner to go to the book informational page to see the tour.

 

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I Will Never Forget Tour Banner

Blurb:

I Will Never Forget is the incredible true story of the author’s talented mother’s poignant and often humorous journey through the mystifying haze of Dementia. Through superb stories of Elaine’s childhood, from her controversial name, tales of smoking’ dragons and the feisty teenage years, her mother Betty Ward’s wonderful character is revealed.

Over time, as their relationship evolves and a new paradigm is formed, Betty begins to exhibit goofy actions, uncharacteristic verbal assaults and bizarre thinking. Although clearly mystified by her mother’s irrational behaviors, Elaine does not appreciate the extent of Betty’s mental decline. Her amazing ability to mask the truth clouds Elaine’s vision and prolongs her denial until one cataclysmic explosion of reality over an innocuous drapery rod launches a waterfall of destructive events.

As her mother’s brilliant mind is steadily destroyed by Dementia’s insatiable appetite for brain cells, Elaine accompanies her mother on her journey. She witnesses Betty’s fascinating visions of her own mother, masterful Houdini-like disappearances and finally a stunning rally to take control of her own destiny.

I Will Never Forget is a heartwarming, humorous, honest and deeply moving story pertinent to everyone touched by the insidious effects of Dementia. Learn from Elaine’s unwitting mistakes as she weaves her way through her mother’s unpredictable disease to capture insightful and effective intervention strategies.

 

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Blurb:

The Ruins of Tropicalia is a serialized, pulpy adventure story, accompanied by new music by indie rock n roll band The Amends.

Expanded Plot Summary: In early 2014, a group of Americans gathered on a remote Central American peninsula to experience the last days of an unsullied tropical paradise before its development into a corporate retreat for the world’s biggest tech company. Many of them believed they were there accidentally, but none of them were. This is the story of how a group of restless, indecisive idiot discovered who brought them there, and what they could be. This is the story of a country and a civilization few remember ever existed. This is the story behind the most mysterious mass Disappearance of the 21st century. This is a war story. And when things get bad, you rescue what you can…

 

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Blurb:
“Midwestern nice” is hard to pull off when you’re a bloodthirsty monster.

Poor Herb isn’t even sure how he got vamped in the first place. With no one to guide him, Herb fumbles into his newfound abilities, courting disaster with each bumbling step. Sure, there are some perks. The local stripper wants him, he can do this whammy mind-control thing, and he is getting a lot better at bowling. But he can’t drink beer, the bodies are piling up, and his best friend Dallas is getting suspicious. When Herb and Dallas go for the same girl, keeping his dark secret becomes the least of Herb’s concerns.

Booze, billiards, babes, blood, bake sales, bowling, bar fights and karaoke. Who would’ve thought that being undead would make life so interesting?

 

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Blurb:

What does one say when they realize their child is gone? Better yet, what does one say when that child returns, but is different? This is the question Pryor must ask himself after his daughter, Lily, is dragged into the woods by a wolf and her body is never found. It isn’t until he sees a wolf in the woods with eyes that resemble Lily’s that he feels hope. And then something is whispered from deep within the woods, a promise for him to see Lily again.

One day…

But which day and for how long?

And then Pryor meets Ned, a silversmith who brings out desires that Pryor hasn’t felt in years and helps him hatch a plan to keep Lily with him.

Now the question isn’t about how much time Pryor will have with Lily, it’s about how far he’ll go to keep her with him.

 

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Long Blurb:
Madeline Campbell has been whisked away from her uncle’s barony to be reunited with her family in the Scottish Highlands. Her happy reunion quickly sours when she realizes her father intends to present as a bride to the winner of the Highland Tournament. With no one to turn to for comfort or guidance, Madeline chooses to do her duty to her clan as well as her father and marry the winner.
An English knight has no place on Scottish soil, but Alexander must complete the mission with which he was tasked. Find Madeline and ensure her safety. When he finds her, he must decide between his honorable duty and his love for Madeline.
No one can deny their attraction and their desire for one another, but when it sparks jealousy in the other clansmen, they have no alternative but to run. Secrets emerge from the shadows of the past and threaten to tear their happiness apart. How can one choose between their duty and their heart?

 

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Blurb:
Daughter of the Goddess Lands is the unforgettable saga of Kalie, a courageous young heroine born into the untamed beauty of prehistoric Europe.
Kalie’s peaceful life is shattered when a brutal attack by horsemen from the east leave her scarred in body and soul. As the sole survivor of the assault, Kalie makes her way home, and warns her people to prepare for the invasion that she knows is coming. But the goddess-worshiping farmers of her home have no concept of battle, and dismiss Kalie’s warning.
When the marauders strike again, they cut a swath of destruction and death that prove too late the truth of Kalie’s words. Then Haraak, the leader of the invaders, demands a tribute of gold, grain and women in exchange for sparing her village. Yet it is in Harak’s cruel show of power that Kalie sees a chance to save her people–and gain revenge for herself.
Kalie leads a group of volunteers to infiltrate the horseman’s society, and then destroy them from within. Once she is among them, Kalie uses her skill as a storyteller, and her knowledge of healing to penetrate the horsemen’s inner circle and to discover the secrets that could lead to their destruction.
But Kalie discovers that price of revenge is high, and that a quest for vengeance can become a journey of healing and redemption.

 

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Blurb:
What the world dreads most has already happened. Now, there is only survival.

In her dystopian and post-apocalyptic bestselling novel, The China Pandemic, A. R. Shaw created a realistic world after a much too plausible pandemic event. Now, the remaining must not only survive but thrive or risk complete extinction. The story moves forward with…
The Cascade Preppers

Graham is back in book two of the Graham’s Resolution series. In the tiny town of Cascade, Washington, the members of Graham’s camp endure a severe winter season. Meanwhile, The Prepper community remains dedicated to isolation and maintains their benevolent relationship. Tensions rise when tragedy strikes. The human traits of community and compassion are pitted against instincts to survive. Will they be doomed by their own efforts to coexist? Read the ongoing saga of Graham’s Resolution, Book 2, The Cascade Preppers, for the startling revelation.

 

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Blurb:

Good manners never go out of style…do they?

There aren’t any zombies (yet), but the world is still at the brink of destruction: It’s 2028 and global warming has led to rising oceans, crazy weather, and resource scarcity. On top of that, someone just turned the Internet off. Seeing as how it’s humanity’s last chance to turn things around manners are, understandably, a bit frayed.

Bookish etiquette buff Olive O’Malley is busy microfarming her urban property and minding her own business (and her chickens) when the government comes calling. Their goal is to push the populace towards carbon-neutrality while keeping kvetching to a minimum, and they come with a proposal: transition Olive’s popular etiquette column to a radio show for the masses, and they’ll help Olive find her grandfather, who’s gone missing.

Olive doesn’t trust the hipster government officials who try to bribe her with delicious-but-probably-a-little-evil chocolate pastries, and declines their offer. (Politely, of course.) But they won’t take no for an answer, and soon Olive is knee-deep in turmoil, eco-terrorism, and missing chickens. Now she has to untangle herself from their demands and figure out how to make sure her family (and her poultry) are safe before it’s too late.

 

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Blurb:
Gwynn Reznick’s life is shattered when her best friend and co-worker at Wilton Oil & Gas Company dies in a car crash. She doubts it was an accident. Her suspicion is confirmed when a private investigator, Ruben Dordi, shows up at her door. His team has discovered a trail of unusual deaths and disappearances among Wilton employees. To make matters worse, Gwynn is under constant surveillance by those responsible for her friend’s death. But that doesn’t deter her from getting involved in the investigation. Danger lurks in every corner of the Wilton Tower. One false move could turn a risky situation into a death trap. As the investigation team digs deeper, they begin to unravel a sinister plot that threatens a catastrophic pipeline disaster. Will they solve the crime before it is too late?

 

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Blurb:

All Ruby Josen wanted was to get ahead in life. After a decade of lost relationships and missed opportunities, she’s ready to move on and desperate to do whatever it takes to get out of her rut. When Ruby meets Bryce, a handsome stranger at the town’s spring festival, his offer to turn fate to her favor seems too good to be true. But everything has a price, and Ruby learns that interfering with fate has bigger consequences than she realized. It leaves her to wonder who’s really controlling her life and who – or what – Bryce really is.

 

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Blurb:
The last place Pia wants to be is on a family vacation in a sleepy Cornish village. She’s anticipating two weeks of mind-numbing boredom. Then she meets Trey, a local boy. He’s absolutely gorgeous. The trouble is — he knows it. He’s arrogant and egotistical, and Pia intends to avoid him at all costs.

But Trey is not the kind of guy who gives up easily. When he sets his sights on Pia, her resistance is futile.

It’s just a holiday romance, some light-hearted fun, right? But one of them is about to discover that still waters do, indeed, run deep. When what lurks beneath the surface finally erupts, the consequences may prove to be catastrophic.

For age 17+ due to sexual content and strong language.

 

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Blurb:

Ember Winterstone is not having a good night. She wakes up in a dumpster. Her neck hurts where her date used her as a meal. Vampire hunters chase her, and the other vampires think she is the real queen, especially since she is a day walker, eats food, drinks almost no blood, and stands up to Zophia, the psycho vampire queen.

Ember’s problems have just begun.

Her mother has kept a couple of major secrets from her, the two men who make Ember drool refuse to claim her, and the psycho vampire queen decides Ember must die.

 

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Blurb:

Rafe McTavish, charming self-made businessman, owns the most successful private security firm in the galaxy. Estranged from his family since his wife’s bloody suicide fourteen years earlier, he’s honor bound to find out why his brother-in-law, CEO of the family mega-corporation, has jeopardized the company by purchasing a dilapidated deep-space mining station. Arriving at the station to investigate, Rafe takes on hostile miners, faces accusations of murder, chases a blackmailer bent on his destruction, and matches wits with a beautiful corporate-hating computer hacker, Kama Bhatia, who just may be the love of his life—if they both survive.

 

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Blurb:
Katherine Kirk lived only for vengeance.

Vengeance against the man who destroyed her home, her family and her life.

Sent on a babysitting mission to Junter 3, RAN officer Katherine Kirk, finds herself quickly embroiled in the politics between the New Holland Government and the Val Myran refugees claiming asylum.

After an Alliance attack Kirk and her team hunt the enemy down and discover that they have finally found the lair of the man they have been searching for…

And the captive who has been waiting patiently for rescue.

“What would you do to the man who destroyed every important person in your life?”

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Dystopian Paranormal Romance Book Tour & Giveaway: Rubenesque Rapture by Rose Wynters 7/28/14 – 8/11/14

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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 7/28/14 – 8/11/14

Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal Romance, BBW Romance

Series: The Endurers, #1

Tour Price: $.99

 

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Blurb:

The Series: Once upon a time, the world was just a black void. Then one day man came, but he wasn’t alone. He was followed by an ancient evil, a scourge determined to steal his soul. Centuries passed. Humanity did all it could to protect itself against the evil ones, but they weren’t equipped to fight this battle. Instead, all they could do was pray that Hell didn’t set its eyes upon them.

It got to be too much. Something had to be done.

Born out of desperate need, warriors were chosen. Immortality was granted to those strong enough to fight the battle that would never end. No longer mortal, these men have stood in the path of dark and horrifying evil, bearing the load when there was nobody else that could.

It’s all coming to an end. Time has ran out for humanity…


Hell is hot to get their hands on Anna Andrews, determined to use her plus-sized body for breeding purposes. Attacked by demons in her remote cabin in Alaska, she is sure there is no way out until a mysterious Endurer rescues her at the last moment. He’s been sent to get her to safety in Las Vegas, but he never counted on the sexual attraction that flares immediately between them.

Shayne McLoughlin was born in the 1400’s and lived as a Monk, until a brutal attack destroyed his entire family, changing his life forever. Now an immortal Endurer that protects humanity from demonic beings, he expects his next assignment to be like any other. Until he meets the rubenesque beauty he has been sent to protect.

On the race to reach the safety of Las Vegas, they discover an explosive attraction that can’t be ignored. He can battle the demons that want her, but can he have victory over the power of her mind? Plagued by her past and an ex-boyfriend that used her in an attempt to satisfy his debt to Hell, Anna finds it hard to believe this gorgeous man is serious about her.

As the very world stands on the cusp of Armageddon, Shayne is determined to have this full-figured beauty at any cost. There isn’t any rule he won’t break to claim Anna and keep her. Danger follows their every step as passion ignites at every turn. Is it a battle this Endurer can win?

 

Excerpt:

Two taller, grotesque creatures started towards them, their red eyes gleaming unnaturally in the twilight of the evening.

Shayne was ready for them, an ornately carved dagger in each hand. “You girls looking to play?” he asked, his velvety, deep voice cutting through the night. “I know I am. Look, I’m even wearing my play clothes.” He was dressed completely in black.

The two glanced at each other before charging him as one. Shayne met them in a running leap just seconds before the two screamed in pain. The daggers moved quickly and immediately one of the demons fell, smoke rising from its body.

He glanced over to the last one standing and shook his head in disgust. His knife had carved deeply into the side of his face, leaving the flesh gaping open. Copious amounts of black fluid poured out, and he was missing an ear.

“Damn,” he said as his lip curled up in a sneer. “You guys just get uglier and uglier, don’t you? It looks like your face caught on fire and someone tried to put it out with a fork.”

He could see three more hellions spread out in the parking lot, but they paused at his words. They knew he was an Endurer, with the full backing of Heaven behind him. The evil inside of them naturally recoiled from the purity contained within his daggers and sword. It didn’t stop the demon in front of him though.

“What a great idea,” he growled at Shayne. “I’ll have fun trying it out on you in Hell.”

Shayne beckoned with his hand as he said mockingly, “You, I’m going to kill just to put you out of your misery.”

All pretense at humanity faded. The white skin darkened to a disgusting shade of dark green, and thick horns erupted from its skull. This was the true form of the minion, and it wasn’t pretty.

 

Buy Links:

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About The Author:

I’m many things including a paranormal romance author, traveler, adventurer, and adorer of extremely hot, alpha men!

I’m also a hopeless romantic that enjoys excitement, fun, and the mysteries of life. I have a great love of romance and the supernatural, and I love combining them into romance books that push every boundary in the literary world. After all, shouldn’t romance be thrilling, decadent, and especially sensual?

 

Author Links:

Website

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Giveaway:

Enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card on the Rubenesque Rapture Paranormal Romance Book Tour. The giveaway will run the length of the tour. Open internationally. Enter through Rafflecopter.

 

Tour Information:

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Master Schedule:

7/28 Fantastic Indie Authors (Interview)

Stop 2 Jenn’s Book Blast

7/29 Literary Chanteuse

7/30 Romance Novel Giveaways

7/31 Diane’s Book Blog

Stop 2 Peace Love and Writing

8/1 Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

8/4

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/11

 

If you haven’t hosted for us before, please make sure to read the tour host information by clicking on the link at the very top of this page and fill out the tour host sign up form.

 

One random tour host will win a $5 Amazon gift card, to be awarded by the author. This is in addition to our current tour host only giveaway.  Review copies are not available for this tour.

 

 

 

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Paranormal Romance Book Tour & Giveaway: Awakening 3 by Jeanie Grey 8/4/14 – 9/1/14

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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 8/4/14 – 9/1/14

Genres: Science Fiction Vampire Romance; Paranormal Romance; Paranormal Erotica

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Short Description: A suspenseful science fiction vampire romance, Awakening 3 is the final book in the Lilly Frank trilogy. Intended for readers 18+.​

 

Blurb:

Nearly fifty years after the events of Awakening 2, Lilly decides to stop running away and returns to Italy only to find the threat of a vampire civil war growing. With the help of Beth, Carrie and Jamie, Lilly learns how to face her feelings about her tragic past and to accept that, whether Torren wants her or not, her heart wants him. But when she finds Torren in Rome, not only is he still with Vittoria, he doesn’t seem to remember Lilly at all.

Can Lilly convince Torren to leave Vittoria to be with her and help the Organization find a peaceful solution to the conflict, or will Vittoria and a vampire war come between Torren and Lilly and their happily ever after?

 
 
Excerpt:

“I’m just trying to understand…was she always like this?” Lilly asked.

“Like what?” Torren said, genuinely confused.

“So…selfish and self-serving. I mean, was she different as a human? Is that why you fell in love with her?”

Torren sat up, struggling to maintain his temper, reminding himself that Lilly had very limited experience with Vittoria. “Lilly, I realize that what you’ve seen of Vittoria has not given you a very good impression of her, but I have known her for a very long time. She is a good person, if a bit impulsive. She cares for me deeply, and it was her love for me that led her to try to ease my suffering. I’m not saying she was right to do what she did, but she certainly isn’t unfeeling.”

Lilly softened immediately. “Oh, I’m so sorry, Torren. I shouldn’t have said that. I can tell that you care deeply for her.”

Somewhat mollified, Torren settled back against the pillows again. He took Lilly’s hand and kissed her knuckles. “Apology accepted,” he said. “Thank you.”

She settled back against him and ran her hand over his chest to his bicep. “I can only imagine how hard this decision must have been for you. I want you to know that I’m truly grateful. You won’t be sorry.”

Torren stilled, trying to understand what Lilly was talking about. “What?”

“I just mean that, given your history and how much you care for her, it must have been hard to leave her and come here.”

“Not really,” he said, still not getting it. “She was out when I left.”

“Oh! Did you leave a note or something?”

“Yes, I let her know I was coming here and didn’t know when I’d be home.”

It was Lilly’s turn to pause. “Home to collect your things, you mean?”

“What?” he repeated.

Lilly sat up and looked down at him, doubt welling in her eyes. He sat up too and studied her.

“When are you going to tell her?” she said carefully.

“Tell her what?” Torren replied, and only then did he begin to guess what she meant. Her next words confirmed it.

“When are you going to tell Vittoria that you are leaving her for me?”

 

Buy Links:

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About The Author:

Jeanie Grey is a feminist writer of extraordinary romance & erotica for those seeking something different from the norm. Her short stories have been published on deadlyeverafter.com and thedarkerhalf.com, and the complete Lilly Frank Trilogy is available now on Amazon and Smashwords. Jeanie is currently working on two novels – a contemporary romance and a historical pirate romance – as well as on a few short erotica pieces that explore the theme of self-discovery and personal growth through sex.

 

Author Links:

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Giveaway:

Prize Package #1: Win a $10 Amazon gift card and an ebook of Awakening 3

Prize Package #2: Win the complete Lilly Frank trilogy: Awakening, Awakening 2, & Awakening 3

This giveaway is open internationally and will run the length of the tour! Enter through Rafflecopter.

 

Tour Information:

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Master Schedule:

8/4 Fantastic Indie Authors (Interview)

8/5

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/11

8/12

8/13

8/14

8/15

8/18

8/19

8/20

8/21

8/22

8/25

8/26

8/27

8/28

8/29

9/1

 

If you haven’t hosted for us before, please make sure to read the tour host information by clicking on the link at the very top of this page and fill out the tour host sign up form.

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Authors – Enter to Win a #FREE Virtual Book Tour #Giveaway

We’re doing it again!

Authors, enter to win a free virtual book tour here at Fire and Ice Book Tours!

This giveaway will run until 9/1/14. Please feel free to enter daily.

The giveaway is open internationally – Indie or Traditionally Published authors are welcome to enter. Winner will be contacted by email.

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Featured Post July 18 & 20: The One : The Tale of a Lost Romantic in Seoul by Steve Justice #99cents

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Amazon Sale Price Today: $.99

Genres: Psychological Thriller / Literary/ Suspense

 

Book Blurb/Synopsis: A middle-aged professor, disillusioned and jaded by a loveless marriage and a stale career, makes the move to South Korea in an attempt to bring excitement into his life. What he finds is more of the same: a never-ending repetition of existence without meaning.

 
It is only when a woman much younger than himself, one of his own students, engages him intellectually and emotionally that he finally feels alive. Despite the fear of the taboo of a potential relationship, he feels himself drawing closer to this girl who has brought colour into an otherwise stale and grey life.

When this girl is taken away from him, he decides to do as all romantic heroes must: whatever it takes to make her his own

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Author Bio: Steve Justice was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he proceeded to excel at very little except reading books. Deciding that this desire to consume every novel ever written was enough to make a life, he proceeded to study English Literature and later, Literary Linguistics while pursuing a career in teaching literature to students who probably wish they were somewhere else. His lifelong dream, like so many others, has been to be a writer and it brings him immeasurable joy to be able to share his writing with anyone. He currently resides and teaches literature at Seokyeong University in Seoul, South Korea

 

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Science Fiction Book Tour & Giveaway: Twinkle by SJ Parkinson 7/31/14 – 8/28/14

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Virtual Book Tour Dates:  7/31/14 – 8/28/14

Genres: Science Fiction

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Blurb:
The richest man in the world wants to celebrate the July 4th holiday as never before. In a bid to get into the record books, a global fireworks show is staged from orbit. Satellites drop pyrotechnics into the atmosphere, thrilling everyone from the Arctic to the Antarctic with their rich colors and massive explosions in every time zone.

The next day, people around the globe begin to lose their sight. Governments crumble, society degenerates, and infrastructure falls into chaos. Humanity finds itself stumbling in the dark and losing all hope.

A few fortunate individuals retain their vision. Attempting to deal with the growing despair around them, they come together to discover the true purpose and origin of the affliction. They race to find a cure before the world is subjugated under an invading power.

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Excerpt:

Keith Hurst’s secure telephone rang, waking him from a sound sleep. He opened his eyes and looked at the LED clock on his nightstand. It said 3:12. As national security advisor to the president of the United States, middle-of-the-night calls were common. His staff did their best to filter out the less important matters until his morning brief, but there were times when an emergency forced sleep into second place.

Hurst grabbed the handset by the second ring. He had to wait for the encryption to handshake before he could say, “Hurst.”

Good morning, sir. This is the night watch officer. We have several NSA intercepts from the following countries: India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Russia all placing their militaries on high alert. We’ve had sporadic reports of multiple air, car, and rail accidents, resulting in thousands of deaths. Many radio and television stations have gone off the air in those countries.”

Hurst snapped on his bedside light and sat up. “Accidents? Do we know the cause?”

No, sir. The strange thing is, NSA claims many of the foreign military units that were signaled never acknowledged the alert. There also appears to be a major communication disruption with U.S. CENTCOM units in Afghanistan and our embassies in the aforementioned countries.”

Are the comms being hacked, or is there some sort of natural phenomenon like sunspot interference?” Concerned about the call, Hurst looked at the empty space beside him. His wife had left him several years before, directly because of the election campaign and the late-night calls.

No, sir. Not that we can see. The circuits are up, and the phones are ringing, but no one is answering.”

Hurst swung his legs out of bed. Has someone come up with a way to simultaneously disrupt communications with American bases, embassies, and headquarters, or is this some sort of terrorist attack? “Does NRO have anything on overhead imagery?”

No, sir. No major troop movements in the CENTCOM area. In fact, NRO reports minimal movement overall.”

I’ll be in the office in thirty-five minutes. I’ll want everyone in for an early brief for the president. Get the joint chiefs and SECDEF up to speed. Warn the Secret Service that we may be moving POTUS with short notice. If this is an attack, I want to stay ahead of it. See if we can get drone surveillance of any U.S. bases in Afghanistan ASAP. We need answers.”

Yes, sir.”

Hurst hung up and hit the bedside crash button to summon his protection detail. This was no time for subtlety. He needed to be in the White House as soon as humanly possible.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US

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About The Author:

Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and have sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.
“I don’t incorporate overt sex, profanity, or extreme violence in any of my writing. I prefer the story to be the main focus and want my novels to be accessible by all.” -SJ Parkinson

 

Author Links:

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Giveaway:

One Lucky Winner Will Win All 3 Books in The Legionnaire Series and Another Lucky Winner Will Win Two Science Fiction Books – Twinkle and Predation – By SJ Parkinson.

The giveaway will run the length of the tour. Open internationally. Enter through Rafflecopter.

 

Tour Information:

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If you haven’t hosted for us before, please make sure to read the tour host information by clicking on the link at the very top of this page and fill out the tour host sign up form.

 

 

Master Schedule:

7/31 Fantastic Indie Authors (Interview)

Stop 2 Memories in a Box

8/1 Coffee, Books, and Art

Stop 2 Cherry Mischievous

8/4 My Devotional Thoughts

8/5 Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

8/6

8/7

8/8

8/11

8/12

8/13

8/14

8/15 Science Fiction Books & Authors (Interview)

8/18

8/19

8/20 Fantasy Book Lane

8/21

8/22

8/25

8/26

8/27

8/28

 

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Literary Fiction Book Tour: The Fog Index by Pat Jourdan 7/28/14 – 8/4/14

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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 7/28/14 – 8/4/14

Genres: Short Stories, Literary Fiction

 

Blurb:

A painting is a suspected forgery and an hotel disappears; people try to make sense of strange events but cannot unravel them.

Excerpt:

Tenements were like giants’ houses but really they were buildings that managed to cram entire families next to each other on landings. I had to walk along those concrete balconies, counting out the front doors. However, the only way up was by steep stone stairs. Old men slumped in corners of the landings, drunk, asleep, passed out. More stray dogs snarled, interrupted in their staircase naps.

Bits of graffiti told that G+N, true. Billy is a…(crossed out.) Everyone had to walk past this every day until it became lost in history, which would take about five years.

“Coming back from school, they wait for me on the stairs, the lads, at times, and go to grab my school beret and swipe my satchel,” Marianne said, “But I always fight them off, and they’ve stopped doing it now, really.” Perhaps they had seen her going off in full Everton glory and came to respect her as a fellow supporter. Winning the scholarship and getting to grammar school was where she had betrayed them and they had to make it obvious. No one was supposed to escape, leaving them kicked aside.

Wind gusted up from the river and from the third balcony, looking across, large ships glided past, a hint of black and white glamour. Seagulls yapped and perched on anywhere high enough to satisfy their pride. The Mersey knitted them together; most of the men here worked on the docks and warehouses. Old women, wrapped in fringed black shawls, leant over the balcony, looking at the large concrete patch below them.

What should have been a lawn or playground was a decaying potholed area where some boys played a desultory game of football. Their shouts echoed up. The women had faces like pug dogs, riddled with lines, greying hair scraped back into a bun. They gave me a grunted “hello” and went back to surveying their echoing kingdom.

 

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About The Author:

Pat Jourdan, born in Liverpool, studied painting at Liverpool College of Art, with several exhibitions held since. Winner of several prizes, including the Molly Keane Short Story Award, second in the Michael McLaverty Short Story Award, Quality Women’s Fiction and widely published in magazines. Editor of The Lantern Review. “Little-known but gifted poet of the Liverpool School” – Ian Mc Ewan,in “Saturday.”

Novels “Finding Out” and “A Small Inheritance” and short story collections “Average Sunday Afternoon,” “Rainy Pavements,” and “The Fog Index.” Also seven poetry collections.

 

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Master Schedule:

7/28 Fantastic Indie Authors (Interview)

Stop 2 Coffee Books and Art

7/29 Cryptic Reads (Review)

7/30 Peace Love and Writing

7/31

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